Antipsychotics

Antipsychotics are medicines used to manage major psychiatric illness like delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Long-term use of antipsychotics causes side effects like impotence, weight gain, gynecomastia, etc.

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After taking Ziprasidone 20 mg for schizophrenia, I gained 35 kg. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have schizophrenia. I am taking Ziprasidone 20 mg daily and I have a severe weight gain of one kilogram per week. I have tried all other neutral antipsychotics to help me and I gained weight even after following them. I have tried dieting and exercise with antipsychotics and I have not l...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation and it is really tough to deal with it. But you are doing good. You are stable on the medication Ziprasidone and you have tried all the medications and other options to have weight loss in the past. I am sorry to say that there is no opti...  Read Full »

How to help a person with a psychological problem?

Query: Hi doctor, My dad is 59 years old and had angioplasty three years back. After angioplasty, he was on high medication. Also, he started to develop psychological problems. He is having illusions that my mom is having affair with whosoever comes to our house. He started troubling my mom a lot. Now, he ...  Read Full »


Dr. Kumarshri Shriniwas Saraswat

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This symptom of suspecting fidelity of spouse is known as delusion of jealousy. It is commonly seen in alcohol abusers or addicts. It is treated with antipsychotics. As he does not have insight or understanding into his problem, he is unlikely to see a psychiatrist and...  Read Full »

My husband has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My husband has been voluntarily admitted into a mental health hospital for loss of reality, confusion and self-doubt. He has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar. However, his triggers and signs started eight days ago and they are working with the medication. However, he did no...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, then his sleep disturbance is expected. There is reduced need for sleep in bipolar mania. As he is in the admission, I do not think there is a need to worry. They will treat him with proper guidelines ...  Read Full »

How is delusional jealousy treated?

Query: Hi doctor, My dad is suffering from a delusion of jealousy for the last three years. What is the treatment for it? The main problem is that my dad has no insight of his problem. How much time will it take to recover? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sonia Malhotra

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The treatment is antipsychotic medicines like Olanzapine, Aripiprazole, etc., followed by insight oriented psychotherapy after remission. But, please ensure that there are no other symptoms like delusions of persecution or control, hearing voices, sleep and appetite chang...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with substance-induced psychosis and taking medicines. Is it permanent?

Query: Hello, I have been diagnosed with substance induced psychosis 2 years ago and I started taking anti-psychotics along with a mood stabilizer and other anti-depressants however now I'm only on mood stabilizer and therapy, I would like to know if this illness will be permanent or if its going to subsid...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatrist

Answer: thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your concern about it. your illness will be under control on medications. let me explain you in simple language. When a patient is suffering from diabetes, the doctor needs to control or manage sugar level. To control sugar, the patien...  Read Full »

How to cure my husband's behavioral issues?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old and my husband is 40 years old. We got married before nine months. My husband has been suffering from psychosis since two years, but I came to know this only after marriage. He is using Arpit 10 mg and Dyskinil. I just wanted to know about his health condition. He left...  Read Full »


Dr. Kumarshri Shriniwas Saraswat

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your description of his complaints is suggestive that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. It is not congenital. It begins in early adulthood most often and there is no complete cure. But, it is very much treatable with proper doses of antipsychotic medicines....  Read Full »

How to treat severe fatigue in patient with mental illness?

Query: Hello doctor, Patient is 16 years old. She is currently suffering from frequent fatigue. Before six months, she was mentally disturbed for which medicines were prescribed by a doctor. She was on Anxipose, Riscure LS. She did not have her menstrual cycle for quite a long period. And she usually vomi...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Nagda

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. The symptoms of fatigue could be a part of depression. I would need more information about what mental illness she had. If it is depression or anxiety, then she will need other medicines that what has been given. The medicines that have been currently prescrib...  Read Full »

Why do I end with sexual chats about minors after taking Cocaine?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a very unusual problem and quite honestly, I am petrified of the reply. But, I feel I need to talk about it and get a professional outlook on what is going on in my head. I am ashamed to admit that for many years I have had on and off problem with cocaine. I suffer with low self e...  Read Full »


Dr. Roshan Bhad

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, there is no need to be ashamed of yourself. Cocaine addiction is a brain disorder and can be managed with appropriate behavioral and pharmacological interventions. Cocaine is a stimulant drug, which causes euphoria, hyperactivity, disinhibition, sexual arousal a...  Read Full »

Is my rapid mood change a side effect of high dose Venlafaxine?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with major depression and I have been taking Venlafaxine for the last three years. I was stable on the dose of 150 mg, so I decided to wean off the drug last year. However, I got a relapse and my family doctor upped my dose to 150 mg again, and further to 225 mg...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. First of all, I like to inform you that the most acceptable explanation about your current situation is based on fact that often recurrent depression needs more intensive care in compare to the first episode of depre...  Read Full »

I feel tired and anxious after taking Abilify. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am so anxious and sleeping 9 to 10 hours per day. It has begun when I start taking Abilify pills and Akineton. Why I feel so tired every day?  Read Full »


Dr. Nidhi Jain Bukharia

General Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please answer me a few more questions. Do you have any of the following symptoms? Persistent low mood, disturbed appetite, loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities, ideas of hopelessness, ideas of helplessness, ideas of suicide and persistent headache. Wh...  Read Full »

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